Basic Pruning Skills

Curriculum Breakdown – 8 hours

The course composition has been designed to provide attendees with theoretical knowledge necessary to properly execute the desired pruning objectives, and the practical training which is necessary to safely and efficiently perform pruning to the accepted industry standards .


Elements of Pruning

  • Biology and physiology
  • Pruning objectives
  • Tool inspection, selection and safe working procedures
  • Species identification
  • Visual tree assessment

Biology and Physiology

  • Natural target pruning
  • Branch collar
  • Branch bark ridge
  • Compartmentalization of decay in trees (CODIT)

Species Identification

  • Nomenclature
  • Plant tolerance
  • Plant parts
  • Growth habits

Visual Tree Assessment

  • Roots and collar
  • Trunk
  • Scaffolds
  • Twigs
  • Leaves

Young Tree Training

  • Objectives
  • Pruning for future form and function
  • Tree structure
  • Cycle of Young Tree Training

Pruning objectives

  • Containment
  • Cleaning
  • Reduction
  • Rejuvenation
  • Thinning

Tool selection, inspection, and safe work procedures

Group Exercises

  • Visual Tree Assessment
  • Young Tree Training
  • Pruning objectives

Cost $150.00 per person

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Call 604-575-8727 to register!